Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike reports that his office’s participation Saturday, April 29 with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in the prescription meds for the National “Take-Back” event collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction was successful. Officers received medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 The community had 72 participants dropping off 100 pounds of prescription meds during the four hour period. Additionally, drugs taken back from receptacles located at the Yates Co. Public Safety Bldg., Starkey town hall and the Rushville Village hall the past few months collected over 300 lbs. all to be taken this week to the DEA for immediate and appropriate destruction.

“I thank the officers assigned to the detail and also our community for the great response to take-back meds as our goal to prevent increased pill abuse, misuse and theft, while addressing vital issues of public safety, public health, and looking out for the environment, was successful.” said Sheriff Spike. Take back receptacles remain available at the public safety building, the Starkey town hall and Rushville village hall daily.